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Amazon releases tools to help devs build games for its Alexa voice tech

Amazon seems eager to entice developers into making games for its Alexa voice service, as the company this week added a straightforward interactive adventure game design tool (replete with source code) to its dev-oriented Alexa Skills Kit.

Amazon seems eager to entice developers into making games for its Alexa voice service, as the company this week added a straightforward interactive adventure game design tool (replete with source code) to its dev-oriented Alexa Skills Kit.

Given that voice-controlled choose-your-own-adventure games are a relative rarity in the game industry, this effort on Amazon's part potentially opens up some intriguing opportunities for game makers.

While most probably know Alexa best as the voice of Amazon's Echo (pictured) wireless speaker, the Alexa tech actually extends beyond the Echo to provide interactive voice-enabled services on an assortment of devices from both Amazon and other companies.

Earlier this year, Amazon worked with Warner Bros. and others to release a choose-your-own-adventure game, The Wayne Investigation, on Alexa to promote the Batman v. Superman film. 

Now, Amazon has published both the aforementioned interactive adventure game design tool for Alexa (initially created to help develop The Wayne Investigation) and a pair of templates for creating your own choose-your-own adventure or trivia games for the platform.

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